At his blog, It Is Written, Dr. Bob Gonzales has put together an excellent series on contextualization – a mandatory tenet of missional churches and the bête noire of John MacArthur — or what can better be described as “accommodation.”
In his latest installment, Gonzales helpfully reminds us:
[W]e need to accommodate our communication to the people we’re trying to reach, to the people we’re trying to edify because God accommodates himself to us in his revelation and because the servants of God, like Jesus and like Paul the apostle, accommodated their communication to their audience. Brothers, if we want to win souls, if we want to see our churches grow, if we want to increase the edification of our current membership, then we must become all things to all men. We must accommodate (not compromise) in the area of communication.
Indeed, contextualization properly defined and properly done doesn’t water down the gospel; it makes the offense of the gospel as clear as possible.